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Michael Spears comes to the Triad from Yakima and is excited to take the next step in his career on the East Coast.

His interest in journalism began early in high school as a writer for the school newspaper and eventually as copy editor for his school’s yearbook. This interest later grew as he became responsible for presenting announcements on-camera, which inspired him to study journalism in college.

Michael is originally from Seattle and graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Sociology. During his time as a ‘Cane, Michael took full advantage of the opportunities at the campus TV station, UMTV, working both in-front and behind the camera.

As an undergraduate, he interned at NBC in Miami and also on the network level at CBS News in New York City. Michael’s experience in New York cemented his desire to one day become a network correspondent.

Prior to arriving in the Triad, Michael worked for two years as a one-man band reporter in Yakima, Washington.

In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, reading and exercising. He also loves travelling and visiting new places. Michael is excited to be living in North Carolina and would like to meet as many people in the community as possible!

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    Lexington hopes $4 million ‘Re-creation of Recreation’ plan will breathe new life into city

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Lexington is working on a $4 million parks and recreation plan to breathe new life into the city’s green spaces and transform the former Tri-Distributors building into a first-of-its-kind indoor recreation center. “It really puts us in the game for economic development,” said Lexington City Manager Alan Carson. City leaders have labeled the parks plan; the “Re-creation of Recreation,” which also calls for renovating Hillside Pool this year for about $500,000. “I think one of the things […]

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    Fewer animals at shelter thanks to spay and neuter clinic in Alamance Co.

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — The Burlington Animal Shelter is seeing fewer animals come through its doors – a trend officials say has continued following the opening of the Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County. Burlington Animal Services Director Jessica Arias tells FOX8 the shelter is euthanizing fewer animals as a result. The shelter received 6,284 animals last year which marks a 16 percent drop compared to 2012 and a 22 percent decrease when compared to the previous 5 year average. The […]

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    Winston-Salem discusses potentially banning skateboarding in historic West End

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem’s Public Safety Committee is discussing a potential ban on skateboarding in the West End area of town following complaints from neighbors. According to city documents, council member Jeff MacIntosh told the committee earlier this month that neighbors were concerned about skateboarders, especially on steep roads like Forsyth Street. The City Attorney’s Office says Downtown Winston-Salem is the only area of the city where there is a complete ban on skateboarding, roller skating and similar activities on […]

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    New visitors center is ‘marketing tool’ for Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro will celebrate the $2.2 million renovation of the former Canada Dry Bottling Plant with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening. The 82-year-old building now houses the Greensboro Visitors Center along with the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greensboro Sports Commission offices. FOX8’s Michael Spears spoke with GCVB President/CEO Henri Fourrier about the building’s redevelopment and what it means not only for the High Point Road/Lee Street corridor but in marketing the city […]

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    Alamance Co. explores anti-tethering law that would ban dogs from being chained while unattended

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Alamance County and the City of Burlington are both exploring potential anti-tethering laws that would ban dogs from being chained while left unattended. Alamance County Planning Director Jason Martin says county commissioners received a request from an animal advocacy group to explore an anti-tethering ordinance. There are currently no laws in Alamance County that prohibit the unsupervised chaining of dogs. Martin says his department drafted an ordinance that closely mirrors Guilford County’s law and will be […]

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    Golfers tee off at NCAA golf championship in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — College golfers teed off Wednesday morning for day two of the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. Forty-one teams and several single golfers are competing for championship titles including Greensboro’s Guilford College. The event runs four days and is free to anyone who wants to stop by the courses and watch. FOX8’s Michael Spears speaks with the NCAA about this year’s competition, selecting Greensboro to host this year’s event and future […]

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    Winston-Salem considers $150K United Furniture grant

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem’s Finance Committee will discuss on Monday a request for $150,000 in financial assistance by United Furniture Industries, which is considering the old Hanes Weeks Plant as the site of a new manufacturing, storage and distribution facility. A rep for United Furniture tells FOX8 that the move would create 200 jobs over the next three years and marks a nearly $6 million investment in the building that currently sits vacant on Hanes Mill Road. The $150,000 economic […]

  • Protecting yourself from the next big cyber threat

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — It has been one month since the discovery of the Heartbleed Bug; a major flaw in Internet security that went undetected for more than two years and put passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information at risk of being stolen. A patch has since been issued but it’s up to affected websites to correct the flaw. So are you any safer now than one month ago? FOX8′s Michael Spears speaks with a High Point University […]

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    Community to host event to honor 11-year-old electrocuted in a Lexington pool

    LEXINGTON — Family and friends of an 11-year-old girl who was electrocuted in a Lexington pool last summer plan to honor her memory with a community event Saturday at Central Davidson High School. “We wanted to make sure that we honored Lauren in a way that was appropriate,” said family friend Annette Conrad. “When we talked to Lauren’s family, the message we got was that she loved to play.” Lauren’s Play Day will feature food, music, games and more at […]

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    Greensboro Police request funding to supervise repeat offenders

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Police Department wants to put more repeat criminal offenders under supervision through its Priority Offender List. The department is requesting a $55,000 funding boost in the 2015 budget to allow GPD’s Electronic Monitoring Unit to expand the program and take on 50 additional offenders. Greensboro police say the program is intended for people who can’t stay out of trouble; offenders who get out of jail on pretrial release and commit more crimes. Eligible repeat offenders […]

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    UPDATE: Man injured in propane tank explosions, fire in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A man suffered burns on his face and hand after a propane tank explosion and fire in High Point early Tuesday morning. The fire was called in around 12:33 a.m. from a High Point business at 901 Prospect Street. A man who works at Carolina Container Co. was injured when officials believe he was filling a propane cylinder and a fire ignited, causing the explosions. The man was able to run away before the explosion but was still burned from the fire. His identity […]

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    18-year-old seriously injured after high-speed chase, crash in Jamestown

      JAMESTOWN, N.C. — An 18-year-old man is in serious condition after troopers say he led a sheriff’s deputy on a high speed chase that ended in a crash in Jamestown early Friday morning. Investigators say the man lost control and crashed while traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph. The chase ensued when deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Business 85 around 1:44 a.m. after they observed the man driving in a careless and reckless manner and speeding. The driver, identified […]